Belarusian, convicted of calls to give Crimea back to Ukraine, is refused to release


Belarusian Cyril Silivonchik, convicted of calls to return the annexed Crimea to Ukraine and serving a term in a Russian colony, is denied parole.

During trial, the representative of the administration of the colony said that the Executive Board did not agree with the petition to release Silivonchik, because so far, he was still regarded as “teaching, propagandizing and professing extremist ideology”. This position was supported by the Prosecutor.

In April 2015 Silivonchik was sentenced by the Moscow District Military Court to two years in a penal colony. The Court found the then working in Nizhny Novgorod Belarusian guilty in public appeals for terrorist activities. The 22-year-old Belarusian’s posts in support of Ukraine in social networks were, according to the Court, the reason for the case. Silivonchik was imputed calls to “kill Moskals” (Russians) fighting as mercenaries in Ukraine and “return Crimea to Ukraine”.

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